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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“Barry Hannah is an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation.”
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“A brilliant send-up of the ‘white tribe’ in Africa, featuring a larger-than-life Beryl Markham–like figure . . . and the son who can’t flee from her shadow fast enough.” —Vanity Fair
My Mother's Lovers
By Christopher Hope
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4373-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2008
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Once it seemed to Kathleen Healey that Africa was empty and all of it belonged to her. An aviator, big game hunter, and knitting devotee, she would land her plane wherever and whenever she chose. She was free with her favors, too, and her multitude of lovers came from all over the world.

In this moving and lyrical novel, Booker finalist and Whitbread winner Christopher Hope has crafted a female character as electrifying, and as alarming, as Africa itself. Kathleen Healey is passionate, comic, and cruel by turns, and strides across the continent from Cape to Cairo in seven-league boots. When she dies, her only son, Alexander, returns to Johannesburg to carry out her final wishes. Her legacy, which he must deliver in person, includes a cache of firearms for a former apartheid enforcer, a wig that once belonged to a Liberian boy soldier, and her knitting needles, which he must present to Bamadodi, the Rain Queen. What he inherits is her house and her gardener who, like Alexander, is also an exile. But when he meets Cindy September and she moves into his home, Alexander must confront the final part of his mother’s legacy—his capacity for love.

Bitingly funny, outrageously inventive, and peopled with a fantastical cast of characters, My Mother’s Lovers shows how the hunger to be loved and to belong affects us all.

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